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Shew…Reminder to Always Back Up your Work!

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If you tried to visit HerbOnHerbs the past few weeks, you probably noticed that our site went down.

Thankfully, we were able to get the site back up and running. But WOW that was scary!

So just a reminder to all you fellow bloggers out there, make sure your site is backed up and that you put security measures in place to protect all your hard work!

One of the best tools out there to stay backed up is very easy to install.  It’s called Vaultpress and it is included with the jetpack plugin.  The vaultpress plugin will automatically backup and secure your site.  The plugin starts at $5/month or $55/year (there is a little bit of savings bulit in if you commit to a year which each plan) but trust me – it is well worth it!

Here are a few sites that have helped us get back on our feet:

Articles on What to Do if Your Site is Hacked

Articles on How to Prevent Hacking

We will resume with our regularly scheduled food posts soon. Hope you had a great couple of months!
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“Nothing Gold Can Stay”–Saturday Edition

work friends

These lovely gals (and little Sammers) are my work crew friends.  We make up over half of the English department at Sullivan Central High School and have been dear friends for over 5 years.  We, along with our two other English department counter-parts, have even gained a county-wide reputation as one of the closest departments.  Not only do we all “get along” (which, interestingly enough, doesn’t always happen among teachers in certain departments), but we’re very good friends.  It’s so much easier to get up and come to work when you know you’ll get to spend the day with people you love.  However, just like all other good things, our work relationships are partially coming to an end.  Mariel, the lovely lady holding Sam, is taking a job in another school district closer to home where she will raise her boys.  Jennifer, the pretty girl in stripes, is moving up to take an administrative job at another high school in our district.  To say that we are sad to know that we will not see these two everyday is an understatement!  We have such a history together…

From smearing cake on my face at my wedding shower…

work friends

To baby showers with our favorite athletic trainer friend Joanna (who thankfully hasn’t left us yet!) and Rebecca, who we miss…

work friends

work friends

work friends

To welcoming those babies into the world…

work friends

work friends

To numerous hiking trips (both with and without children)…

work friends

To competing in 5ks….

work friends

work friends

and triathlons with our awesome Science friend…

work friends

To, um, getting up close and personal…

work friends

work friends

work friends

To exploring Asheville and Charleston…

work friends

work friends

And to just having fun both at work and away from work…

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

Over this past week, since the realization that we would no longer all be co-workers, we’ve tried to savor our time together.  Here we are at lunch with Justin and Kelly, our other two awesome co-workers who aren’t leaving us (at least for now!)

work friends

work friends

But even though we will not all be working together, we know we will always be friends.  We may have to work harder to make an effort to get together, and we will of course be making new friends, but that doesn’t mean our love for one another will diminish.  Being a brand new teacher at 22 is hard, and I feel so fortunate to have stepped into a job where the people around me were so wonderfully welcoming.  Time goes on, and things change.  Growth is good.  In the insightful words of Robert Frost:  “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

work friends

Happy One Year Blogiversary to HerbOnHerbs!

Happy Blogiversary

HerbOnHerbs turns one year old today!!!

It was July 25th, 2012 when Herb planned to be in charge of dinner for the two of us in honor of our one year anniversary (when he had officially asked me to be his girlfriend the year before). He came over all dressed up and carrying some groceries, stating that he wanted us to make Chicken Marsala together. Of course, I thought this was a fabulous idea. But he also had other plans.

He said, “I think we should try to photograph it and make a blog post.” We had tossed around the idea of a food blog before, but I never really took it seriously. I thought it sounded fun, but I honestly didn’t know if we had it in us, and I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Herb assured me that it would be easy to figure out, and we might as well try putting together a few blog posts of recipes and see if we liked it.

So we began working on the Chicken Marsala recipe that he had picked out, photographing each step of the process. We made a great team, because I really just wanted to make the food and Herb, being a photographer, enjoyed photographing everything.

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Our first blog post and very first food photographs

After the first post, we were hooked. That week we were fired up to keep creating blog posts, and we made and photographed breaded ranch chicken tenders, chocolate meringue pie, and snickerdoodle cookies.

Herb had some web experience already with his own wedding photography website, so he was able to do all the technical stuff and help me to learn as well. Before we knew it, we had several weeks worth of posts! At that point, we hadn’t told very many people about our blog and we hadn’t really made it “public”. Sometime in September, Sister Spice decided to join us and become part of the HerbOnHerbs team!

On October 1st, we shared the site with the world, which was pretty exciting! Since then, we’ve been continuing to grow and build the blog. We’ve learned SO much over the past year, and we’ve definitely improved the website and the food photography. It has been frustrating at times, but we’ve managed to work out the kinks and develop a pretty good rhythm as far as our posting schedule and all the other intricacies of running a food blog.

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own great food blog, I would say GO FOR IT. What have you got to lose?! It doesn’t require much money (less than 50 bucks, really), so your main investment is your time. Check out our food blogger resource page to see how we brought our food blog from an idea to where we are now.

I’m very thankful that Herb pushed us to begin HerbOnHerbs. Happy One Year Blogiversary to us, and here’s to many more years of deliciousness!

Saturday Throwback: More Summer Memories

Key West

Ah, more summer reminiscing. Last week, Sister Spice posted some old summer pics of the two of us in our younger years. We have sooo many wonderful memories that take place during the summer!

A few years ago (2008 I believe) we left the condo in Fort Myers, Florida to go down and visit Key West for a couple of nights. Our parents and Sister Spice had all been before, but it was my first time visiting the keys. It is a gorgeous drive down through all the keys with beautiful blue water surrounding you most of the way!

One of my favorite memories from Key West is blueberry pancakes. Yes, surprise, surprise: it involves food! If you ever visit Key West, you must go to Blue Heaven!

Herb Family at Blue Heaven in Key West

We went for breakfast two times during our stay, and I got the delicious blueberry pancakes both times. Yum!

Blueberry pancakes at Blue Heaven

As with many places in Key West, the seating is mostly outdoors, and the atmosphere is very laid back. You will probably witness a handful of roosters and perhaps even some baby chicks running around the tables.

Anyway, sometime in your life you should drive down to the southernmost point in the continental United States, Mile 0 in Key West. And then you MUST go eat a delicious breakfast at Blue Heaven. I recommend the blueberry pancakes!

Key West, Mile 0

Saturday Throwback: Summer Memories

Summer Memories

This is Mrs. Herb and me back in the summer of 1992 I believe.  We are in the pool near our condo in Fort Myers, Florida (find more about wonderful Fort Myers in my blog post here from last Saturday).  We certainly swam like little fishies.  And speaking of fishies…

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This is the two of us on a family friends’ boat out on a beautiful Tennessee summer day.  Summer is great for swimming, fishing, outdoor volleyball, and enjoying those extra hours of daylight with the ones you love.  What are your favorite summer memories? What are your favorite things to do now as an adult in the summer?

If you’re doing a lot of cooking out and eating, don’t forget about our Watermelon, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad, Key Lime Pie with Oreo Crust, and Summer Orzo Salad!

Vacation Recap: Saturday Edition

Sanibel Island, FL

Ah, sweet summertime…a time for family, fun, and food, of course.  Because Mr. Spice and I are both teachers, as well as my mom (Mommy Herb), we have a lengthy summer vacation.  My dad is pretty much his own boss, so he can take as much time off as he wishes.  So, the four of us took an 11-day vacation to Savannah, Georgia and Fort Myers, Florida.  When I was just two-years-old (26 years ago!) my Papaw bought a condo in a retirement community in Fort Myers, and it has become a second home to us.  Nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands are surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and are not touristy like some beaches are that are closer to home.  While we were there, we did some fishin:

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Some mini-golf:

Fort Myers, FL

Some exploring and shopping:

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

 

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

Fort Myers, FL

Captiva Island, FL

And of course, some eating!

Fort Myers, FL

This is me after three batches of crab legs.  Expect plenty of restaurant posts in the near future!  I spent my 28th birthday and 4th wedding anniversary in Fort Myers, which was so very special because I love it so much.  I hope that all of you have had a chance to take a vacation, even if just for a day.  Happy summer from Mister Spice, me, and Pete the Pelican!

Sanibel Island, FL

Captiva Island, FL

Mrs. Herb on food and finance

1500 days

Mrs. Herb here!

Today I’m taking a break from sharing a recipe with you. Instead, you should check out a guest post that I wrote on saving money by cooking at home. My blogger friends, The 1500s, over at 1500days.com have a great personal finance blog that I would recommend to anyone.

And what better reason to visit them right now than to see an article written by yours truly??

So take a few minutes out of your day today and head on over to 1500days.com!

Happy Father’s Day!

Father's Day

With Father’s Day coming up tomorrow, I thought it was only appropriate to post this vintage photo of Mrs. Herb, me, and our awesome dad, taken years ago while on vacation in Fort Myers, Florida.  We are very blessed to have an awesome dad.  He taught me to play baseball, shoot a basketball, drive a car, and, honestly, to cook!  Dad loves to cook and is quite good at it.

My favorite childhood memory with my dad would be fishing on Sanibel Island, Florida, every summer.  When I was about 7, he started getting me up before dawn.  We’d drive to the bait shop, buy a load of fresh shrimp for bait, and the sun would just be rising as we pulled into the parking lot of the beach.  The fishing spot was a little dangerous:  a rough, rocky jetty sticking out into the water.  He would help me climb the rocks out to the end and I’d find just the perfect one on which to sit.  Then, he would go back to the car and single-highhandedly bring back the fishing poles, bait bucket, tackle box, etc.  He would, of course, bait my hook (and to this day, even though I know how, he will graciously bait it for me!) and we’d cast our lines.  I loved sitting there in the cool, salty morning breeze, eyes scouring the horizon for dolphins and manatees.  Breakfast often consisted of dried Fruit Loops and cookies, and I can remember “washing our hands” with the Windex and paper towels he kept in the car.  Ahh, the good ol’ days…

I hope that all of you have a positive father figure in your life, and I know Mrs. Herb and I feel so grateful to have had not only a great dad, but great fathers-in-law wonderful grandfathers.  Be sure to celebrate them this day and everyday!

Father's Day

Happy Birthday to The Southernmost Gentleman!

Jonathan Lester, founder of The Southernmost Gentleman

Today we take a break from our food posts to give a shout out to our good friend, Jonathan Lester. Jonathan and I have been good friends for years, attending high school together as well as being in the same youth group at our church. He is an amazing guy, and today happens to be his 25th birthday!

Less than a year ago, Jonathan created an amazing fashion blog, The Southernmost Gentleman. I can’t say it better than it says it on his About page: Jonathan has an “impeccable eye for imagery and style, to cultivate readers to an experience that is both creative and inspiring.”

For his birthday, Jonathan is hoping to get his facebook page for The Southernmost Gentleman up to 800 likes. As of right now (it’s just after 8 am) he has 777 likes, so he isn’t far from his goal!!!

So to help us wish Jonathan a very happy birthday, please head on over to his facebook page and help him get to his birthday goal!

Jonathan Lester, founder of The Southernmost Gentleman

Happy 25th Birthday Jonathan! We think that YOU are THE Southernmost Gentleman! Congrats on your blog growth and all the other opportunities you’ve been presented with!

 

 

Saturday – House Party Edition

Fancy Feast

Have you heard of Houseparty.com yet? It’s pretty cool. Basically, different companies sponsor YOU to throw a houseparty using some of their products (for free!) You apply online through the website to host a party that sounds interesting to you. If accepted, House Party will send you some free related items and ideas for games and such to have at your party. It’s pretty neat!

I hadn’t heard about House Party until my friend, Brenna, invited me to her party for cheese and cat lovers. Yes, you read that right. If you like cats and cheese, this party was for you! I happen to LOVE cats (I have two!) and of course I love cheese.

Kitties

Our two kitties when they were younger, Ella and Leon

Anyway, this party in particular was sponsored by Fancy Feast, and the reason that “cheese” was involved is that they are promoting their new cat food, Fancy Feast Delights with Cheese. So we got to have a gourmet grilled cheese bar that was DELISH! Brenna was an excellent host, and we had a ton of cheeses and toppings to choose from for our sandwiches.

House Party

 

I chose to spread a bit of pesto on my grilled cheese, which turned out to be an excellent choice. Brenna’s husband, Jason, was a fabulous grill-master and grilled my sandwich right up. It was definitely one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever eaten! Brenna was even able to take her cat-head shaped cookie cutter and make her sandwich into a cat 🙂

After the delicious grilled cheese, we got to eat the fun cat-shaped cookies, which were sugar cookies with key lime icing (yum!)

Cat cookies

After indulging ourselves with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and cat cookies, our craft was to make our own cat ears with headbands and felt. I can’t remember the last time I got to use a hot glue-gun, and I really enjoyed it! We were laughing about the fact that three of us were accountants, so we weren’t the normally “crafty” types.

We had a lot of fun and some really yummy food. AND I got to take home some cans of Fancy Feast as well as some coupons. Our cats (especially Ella) loooove cheese, and they gobbled up the Fancy Feast Delights with Cheese. Win-win!

Anyway, be sure to check out HouseParty.com. It’s a new way to have fun with your friends AND sample some free products!

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